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Thursday, January 01, 2015
ISLAMABAD (BNA) At least 23 suspected terrorists were killed when Pakistani fighter jets targeted militant hideouts in Shawal area of North Waziristan Agency on Wednesday evening, military officials claim.
A statement, issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said that four militant hideouts were also destroyed through “effective and precise aerial strikes”.
The information, however, could not be independently verified as access for journalists is restricted in the area.
Also read: Key commanders of Gul Bahadur group killed in Datakhel‏ strikes
The air strikes are a part of stern actions Pakistan has been taking against Taliban militants following deadly Peshawar school siege earlier in the month as the military intensified operations in the troubled northwestern tribal areas.
After the school attack that killed 150 people, mostly children, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ended a six-year moratorium on the death penalty, reinstating its use for terrorism-related cases.
The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) said the school attack by a suicide squad was revenge for the killing of militants' families in the military offensives.

Monday December 22, 2014
WASHINGTON (BNA) The United States has said that after Jan 2, US forces in Afghanistan will not target Mullah Omar and other Taliban leaders unless they posed a direct threat to the US.
“Being a member of the Taliban doesn’t mean that the United States is going to prosecute operations against you for that reason alone,” Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby told a recent news briefing in Washington.
But he also drew a line between combatant and non-combatant Taliban, saying that those who continued to fight would not be spared.
Also read: Taliban leader Mullah Omar says prisoner swap “big victory”
“We’ve also concurred that a member of the Taliban who undertakes missions against us or our Afghan partners by that act alone, renders himself vulnerable and liable to US action,” Rear Admiral Kirby said.

Sunday December 7, 2014
PESHAWAR (BNA) A key Al Qaeda leader identified as Umer Farooq alias Umer Ustad and Ustad Farooq was killed in a US drone strike along with four others in North Waziristan tribal agency's Dattakhel area on Sunday.
Sources said that a drone fired two missiles at a compound in Dattakhel's Khat Tangi area killing five people and wounding three others. The targeted compound was destroyed in the strike.
Ustad Farooq has in the past served as Al Qaeda's spokesman in Pakistan. He was reportedly the first Pakistani national to be promoted to a leadership position in Al-Qaeda, emerging as its spokesman for the South Asia region in 2009. He is believed to be the operational incharge of Al Qaeda for Afghanistan and Pakistan
Drone attacks are widely unpopular across Pakistan and according to survey conducted in June this year, 66 per cent of the country's citizens oppose these strikes.
Read: Pakistani Taliban squeezed by Afghan revolt, US drone strikes
Sunday's strike comes a day after the Pakistan military confirmed the killing of wanted Al Qaeda leader Adnan Shukrijumah during a raid at a compound in Shin Warsak area of South Waziristan Agency on Saturday.
North Waziristan is among Pakistan’s seven tribal districts near the Afghan border which are rife with insurgents and are alleged to be strongholds of Taliban and Al Qaeda operatives, among others.
Pakistan's military in mid-June had launched an all-out operation, named 'Zarb-i-Azb', against Taliban militants in the region.

The operation was initiated on June 15 following a brazen militant attack on Karachi's international airport and failure of peace talks between the government and Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) negotiators.
The offensive has driven out over 800,000 residents from North Waziristan and the army says it has cleared 90 per cent of the tribal region. The army says it has killed more than 1,100 militants and lost more than 100 soldiers since the start of the operation.

Saturday, December 06, 2014
ISLAMABAD (BNA) The Pakistan army on Saturday said a top Al Qaeda leader Adnan el Shukrijuma was killed early morning in the Sheen Warsak region of South Waziristan Agency.
A statement issued by the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said Shukrijuma had moved in this area to hide in a compound from North Waziristan Agency due to the ongoing Zarb-i-Azb operation.
"His accomplice and local facilitator were also killed in the raid," the statement added. Shukrijuma is the most senior Al Qaeda member ever killed by the Pakistani military.
The statement says Adnan el Shukrijuma was a member of the core Al Qaeda leadership and was in charge of all external operations of Al Qaeda. During the raid, a soldier was also killed and another injured.
The Pakistan Army had launched Operation Zarb-i-Azb in June against foreign and local terrorists who were hiding in sanctuaries in North Waziristan.
The comprehensive operation was launched a week after militants made a brazen insurgent attack on the country's busiest airport in Karachi.

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